Valladolid leap to pitch defence

Real Valladolid have defended the state of their pitch, insisting that they did ‘everything possible’ to ensure it could host Barcelona.

Ernesto Valverde, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets all vented their anger at the Jose Zorrilla turf, which had only been re-laid four days before the match and was seen to come apart in the players’ hands.

When asked about the criticism, Coach Sergio Gonzalez replied: “It seems as if they’re the players and we’re just farmers.

“We’re also players and we play matches too. We were the last team to go up and we had problems arriving on time.

“The club have done everything they possibly could. They had to adapt to the circumstances.

“We’re a stately club. who did everything possible so the pitch would be in good condition. None of us wanted to have the grass like that.”

Despite Barca’s anger with Valladolid, they still came away with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

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